Rescue Adoption Consideration Application Online or Print

Adoption Agreement

Surrender Agreement

In order to be considered for adoption of a PBGV, please follow the following instructions. Please understand that there are a limited number of PBGVs available for adoption, which speaks well of our breeders and owners. There are usually many applications and often very few, if any, PBGVs that need homes. There is an adoption fee.

1. Complete Rescue Adoption Consideration Application. Download a print version of form and mail to representative click here.
2. Once your application is submitted, either online or by mail, you will be placed on a waiting list and should a dog become available you will be contacted .
3. PBGV Rescue attempts to match the proper owner with the proper dog. Obviously, if a dog does not do well with children, the dog would not be placed in a home with children. Therefore, your place on the waiting list would not be the only criteria used when placing a dog.
4. Once you are selected, you will have the right to accept or refuse the dog. If you accept the dog, you must complete an adoption agreement and submit it to your Regional Representative. You would then work with a volunteer/contact person to determine the best procedure to follow to take possession of your dog.
5. All PBGVs shall be spayed or neutered and micro-chipped prior to adoption.



The PBGV Club of America Cares!

If you have one or more PBGVs that you cannot keep for reasons such as illness, family changes, financial changes, please contact the Club’s Rescue Committee instead of turning the dogs in to a shelter.  The Rescue Committee will act quickly and in confidence to find a new, suitable, home for your dog, regardless of age. 

  • Have you seen a PBGV in a shelter?  Please contact the Rescue Committee and let them know about the particulars of the situation. 
  • Are you interested in fostering (providing a temporary home for) a PBGV in Rescue?
  • Are you interested in providing a new Forever home to a PBGV?

This page provides information about the Rescue Committee, contacting a member of the committee, and submitting a rescue application.

Any and all persons interested in the well being of the PBGV breed are needed by rescue!  If you are aware of any PBGV in a shelter in your area, please contact your Regional Representative IMMEDIATELY!

Pam Helmer,celestialpetits@atlanticbb.net Rescue Chairperson,
Sue Smyth, oldyork2002@aol.com, Assistant Chair, Regions 1,3,5
Julie Shannon, julieshannon1@sbcglobal.net, Ass't Chair, Regions 2,4,6

Region 1 Northeastern:
Charlene Pollitt, ccflyn@aol.com , 299 W. Elizabeth St., Pittsburgh, PA 15207

Region 2 Southeastern:
Sandy Bustin, sbustin1@verizon.net; 16206 Barrineau Pl, Lutz, FL 33549

Region 3 North Central:
Jan Zigich, mirepoixpbgv@gmail.com, 4255 Crescent Drive, Duluth, MN 55803,

Region 4 South Central:
Cindy Wilt, cindy_wilt@hotmail.com, 13270 Tom Gaston Road, Mobile, AL 36605

Region 5 Northwestern:
Susannah Cooper, Suton@earthlink.net

Region 6 Southwestern:
Kathy Zavodjancik, PBGVLVR@aol.com, PO Box 1214, Pinedale, AZ 85934

Region (1) Northeastern
Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia
Region (2) Southeastern
Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina
Region (3 )North Central
Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin
Region (4) South Central
Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas
Region (5) Northwestern
Alaska, California, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming.
Region (6) Southwestern
Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah.

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PBGV Rescue exists to facilitate the rescue, rehabilitation and placement in a forever home of only purebred PBGVs whose circumstances make such actions necessary. The Rescue Committee operates on the principle of confidentiality. In a normal course, information received by the Rescue Committee will not be divulged to persons outside the Rescue Committee.

PBGV Rescue is a committee of the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Club of America and is composed of a Chairperson, two Assistant Chairpersons and six Regional Representatives. The committee members, regions and representatives are listed to the left.


Anyone that thinks they have found a PBGV should IMMEDIATELY contact their Regional Representative! It is the goal of the Rescue Committee to respond within 24 hours of notification of a possible rescue. The following information should be included in the email to the representative.

1. Reporting person's name, full address and phone number
2 .Location of PBGV with as much information as possible, i.e. shelter name, address, phone number, person in charge of facility, etc
3. Whether reporting person suspects or knows dog is a purebred PBGV.